Miami Connections

Program Faculty

Molly Kelly

Molly Kelly is an undergraduate alumna of Miami University in Elementary and Special Education. She completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Cincinnati, concentrating in education for children with emotional & behavioral disorders and learning disabilities, with a focus on language development and assessment. After six years of teaching children with exceptionalities in the public schools, she served as a Clinical Special Educator for University Affiliated Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders (currently Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Division of Developmental Disorders). Areas of interest included team assessments of young children; supporting families in obtaining and monitoring appropriate school services for their children; collaborating with teachers to create adaptations, accommodations and positive behavioral support plans for learners with exceptionalities; development of inclusive school climates and issues of social justice in education. Ms. Kelly teaches a wide range of courses in the Special Education Program at Miami University focusing on unique learners and their families and topics such as learning disabilities and cognitive disabilities; development of social and affective skills; team development in school settings; as well as various practicum and field experiences.

Katy Mezher

Katy Mezher is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, and a licensed Psychologist in the state of Ohio. She received a bachelors degree in Psychology at Miami University and PhD from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville). At Miami, she served as Vice President for Student Council for Exceptional Children and received an undergraduate psychology award. At the University of Tennessee, she received an Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation. Dr. Mezher received school psychology-related experience in East Tennessee, including in K-12 schools, Head Start centers, and a clinic setting. Dr. Mezher completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in the Kelly O'Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. There, she participated in interdisciplinary assessments, Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI), and severe behavior treatment. She also participated in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program. Dr. Mezher has taught over 10 different courses since beginning her role in 2012. She works with undergraduate special and general education students, graduate school psychology students, and graduate educational psychology and special education students. Traditional, hybrid and online courses taught range in topic, including but not limited to inclusion of students with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, behavior support and intervention, assessment, and educational research.

Leah Wasburn-Moses

Leah Wasburn-Moses is Program Coordinator of Special Education. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from Michigan State University, where she was a University Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Wasburn-Moses' research interests are in teacher education and policy. She teaches classes in mild/moderate disabilities. Dr. Wasburn-Moses is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is involved in the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Teacher Education Division. Dr. Wasburn-Moses also serves as the Miami Connections Project Manager and Co-Instructor, EDP 450G.

Sarah Watt

Sarah Watt is an assistant professor in the Special Education Program. Formerly she was a K-8 special education teacher for 9 years. Dr. Watt received her PhD from the University of Iowa where she was selected as a Student Scholar for CEC’s Division of Research. Her research interests include supporting struggling learners and those with disabilities in math and science; professional development of teachers in the field; and facilitating effective content area instruction for pre-service special education teachers. She is active member of CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities. Dr. Watt is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of Council for Exceptional Children at Miami. Dr. Watt teaches a wide range of classes including but not limited to Educational Psychology of Exceptional Learners, Literacy Practicum Capstone, and Behavioral Interventions. She also teaches for the Special Education Online Hybrid program which currently offers licensure and/or an MA in Special Education.